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This third version was first manufactured in 1946/47 with the most distinctive feature change being the chevron, boomerang or some call angled Anti-Reverse Lever which stayed basically the same through 1968. “Made in France” was still caste on the housing which remained until the late 1980s. All third versions have the black round aluminum handle knob with slight variations in the handle’s shank. All spools had an aluminum Spindle base with a few variation of the spool Pawl clicker. All half bail versions made during this time did not have a reinforced axle shaft (tunnel) on the housing near the Lube Port Screw.


Most third versions were Right-Handed (left hand wind) with Level Wind gearing only as it was on all first and second versions. Cross-Wind gearing as well as Left-Hand reels (right hand wind) were offered as an option about the same time serial numbers beginning with a letter prefix “A” on the foot started being placed in 1949/50.  All other half bail reel serial numbers began with the letter prefix “B” and then “C” were then stamped on the housing. All 300 series with serial numbers are in alphanumeric sequence.


Although this was the first issue where Garcia's involvement began, you'll find no difference between Garcia and European releases except for owner's manuals or other documents. We have much more information to share on the 2nd and 3rd versions which will be disclosed in our Studies section as time permits.
 
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